investor-state disputes | ISDS
1-Apr-2015 HIC-HLRN In many cases, international investment agreements have the purpose and/or effect of hijacking the international human rights system.
7-Oct-2014 Global Research
The real threats to ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, ‘decency’ and ‘fairness’ do not lie in Syria or Iraq. The destruction of national sovereignty, democracy, freedom, decency, quality of life and livelihoods is being carried out by corporate vultures under the guise of the secular theology of neoliberalism, not least in practice via free trade and investor rights agreements.
6-Oct-2014 Washington Post
The Obama administration’s insistence on ISDS may please Wall Street, but it threatens to undermine some of the president’s landmark achievements in curbing pollution and fighting global warming.
6-Oct-2014 The Conversation
While it would be wrong to say that the TTIP will lead to the wholesale privatisation of public services, it would potentially constrain governments’ ability to reverse past policy decisions to open up public services to competition as this would become a treaty-based commitment.
An ICSID arbitration panel rules in favour of Hungary against US/Israeli investors seeking €300 million in compensation for a failed casino project.
2-Oct-2014 Public Citizen
The Obama administration’s precarious justifications for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime may determine the fate of the transatlantic free trade agreement, said Public Citizen.
Groups opposed to a clause of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that they say is overly favorable to investors took their complaints to negotiators Wednesday outside Washington.
1-Oct-2014 The Tyee
Trade treaty expert Van Harten lays out ways FIPA governments can ’disclose, monitor, and limit the harm done by this treaty.’
30-Sep-2014 El Telégrafo
Next year, the South American Union of Nations (UNASUR) dispute settlement centre will start operating, announced the UNASUR Secretary General
29-Sep-2014 Open Democracy
Europeans are in uproar at chaotic attempts by the EU presidency to rush through ’secret courts’ for investors to sue governments who try to protect their citizens and public services.
28-Sep-2014 Occupy London TV
Occupy Democracy is organising a time limited occupation from the 17th - 26th October to debate the flaws in the UK’s democracy, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
25-Sep-2014 Gobierno del Ecuador
UNASUR representatives analyse the Agreement Establishing the Centre for Investment Dispute Settlement
The 11th meeting of the UNASUR Working group of highly qualified experts on investment dispute settlement took place in Quito from 23-26 September at the Ministry for External Affairs and Human Mobility.
25-Sep-2014 Gobierno del Ecuador
Representantes de Unasur analizan Acuerdo Constitutivo del Centro de Solución de Controversias en Materia de Inversiones
La XI Reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de Expertos de Alto Nivel de Solución de Controversias en Materia de Inversiones de Unasur se realiza en Quito, del 23 al 26 de septiembre, en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana
23-Sep-2014 Eurasia Review
This study considers the likely regulatory impact of the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in three key policy areas: investor protection, public services and food safety.
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) determined Venezuela must pay US-based miner Gold Reserve $740.3 million for terminating its Las Brisas gold concession, the company said on Monday.
20-Sep-2014 World Trademark Review
Long-running litigation between Uruguay, which has some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the world, and cigarette giant Philip Morris could have direct consequences for plain packaging legislation globally. Could it also pave the way for legal action in Europe?
19-Sep-2014 Epoch Times
Canada’s Conservative government is taking heat after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly ratified a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with China after sitting on it for two years during which it was strongly criticized and protested.
Despite public outcry, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, ratified a controversial treaty on Friday that will allow China to sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal Canadian laws that interfere with Chinese investments.
Strategy conversations: From protest to proposal – Launch of alternative proposal to the global investment regime
‘A Call for the Building of an Alternative Legal Framework to the International Investment Treaties. Favoring the Public Interest while doing away with Transnational Corporate Impunity.’
A common provision allowing foreign investors to sue host governments has become a ticking time bomb inside trade agreements. Some countries are now refusing to agree to the provision and are questioning its legal legitimacy. Jess Hill investigates.
12-Sep-2014 Red por la Justica Social en la Inversión Global
Conversaciones sobre estrategia: De la protesta a la propuesta. Una alternativa al régimen global de inversiones que otorga excesivos poderes a las corporaciones
“Llamamiento a la construcción de un marco legal alternativo a los acuerdos internacionales de inversión. Superando la Impunidad de las Corporaciones Transnacionales a favor del interés público”.